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Noteworthy Books on the Family

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Photo of book cover: Les Amours de ma mère: contes et mensonges de mon enfance Graphical element: Pencil Les Amours de ma mère: contes et mensonges de mon enfance

Stéphane Poulin
Illustrations: Stéphane Poulin
Toronto: Annick Press, 1990
31 p. ISBN 1550371517 (bound), 1550371509 (paperback)
Graphical element: ArrowAges 5 to 8.

This story is an original Canadian tall tale that has a happy blend of humour and exaggeration. Supposedly based on Poulin's childhood, he and his family, that is, his mother and her nine children all lived together in a tiny house; so tiny, in fact, that it was impossible to fit all the furniture and the family in the house at the same time (the unused furniture was stacked in the yard!).

One eventful day, his mother met a garbage collector when he picked up the furniture left in the yard. They fell in love, married, and all (including the garbage collector's five children) lived happily ever after in the tiny house.

The pictures are wonderful and are the outstanding feature of the book. They exude humour, warmth and a delicious joie de vivre.

Courtesy of: Annick Press

Photo of book cover: Les Amours d'Hubert Graphical element: Pencil Les Amours d'Hubert

Josée Plourde
Illustrations: Doris Barrette
Waterloo, Quebec: Michel Quintin, 1992
94 p. ISBN 2894350023
Graphical element: ArrowAges 8 to 12.

Hubert lives with his parents on the second floor of his grandmother's house; his grandmother lives on the ground floor. The house sits at the foot of Mount Royal, very close to the starting line for the Tour de l'Ile, a major cycling race held in Montreal. Hubert is a keen amateur photographer, and spends the weekend camping with his friend François, taking pictures of bugs in order to impress a little Italian girl in his class. Thanks to his grandmother, he is asked to be a photographer for the Tour de l'Ile. During the race, he becomes an instant hero by saving a dog from an accident. The dog is then adopted by his grandmother and becomes a faithful friend.

The illustrations by Doris Barrette complement the story nicely.

Courtesy of: Éditions Michel Quintin

Photo of book cover: Au cinéma avec papa Au cinéma avec papa

Dominique Jolin
Illustrations: Dominique Jolin
Saint Hubert, Quebec: Éditions du Raton Laveur, 1991
24 p. ISBN 2920660187
Graphical element: ArrowAges 3 to 8.

One fine Sunday, a little girl takes her father to the movies. As the father watches impassively, one thing after another goes wrong: the girl drops her mitten so that she can take the escalator twice; her popcorn falls on the floor during the film, as do her candy and her drink. She ends up falling asleep, and Dad takes her home. The daughter is pleased with their outing and is already hoping to go back to the movies the following week.

A funny story, with illustrations that will make you chuckle!

Courtesy of: Éditions du Raton laveur

Photo of book cover: Barbotte et Léopold Barbotte et Léopold

Pierre Roy
Illustrations: Philippe Germain
Montreal: Éditions Héritage, 1993
63 p. ISBN 2762540399
Graphical element: ArrowAges 6 to 10.

This is the story of a young boy who is very fond of his grandfather, Léopold. The grandfather is moving into a retirement home, and gives the boy his cat, Barbotte. Although he is happy to take care of his grandfather's cat, the boy has a hard time understanding and accepting that Léopold had to leave his home and part with his cat. In the end, he comes to terms with it, and this brings him even closer to his grandfather.

A beautiful, sad story accompanied by richly humorous drawings.

Courtey of: Éditions Héritage

Photo of book cover: Des Bleuets dans mes lunettes Des Bleuets dans mes lunettes

Lucie Papineau
Illustrations: Daniel Dumont
Montreal: Boréal, 1992
94 p. ISBN 2890524760
Graphical element: ArrowAges 9 to 12.

This novel is about an island, the sea, the sky, summer, a little girl with glasses and her cousins. Filled with teasing, sensitiveness, emotion, imagination and dreams, the story really asks the big question "Does anyone love me?". The narrator decides that the answer is yes: Mathieu, Carl, Jérémie, François and Simon, her aunt Lili and her grandmother, Sabine and Jean Marc, the cyclops and the ghost of her old worn-out doll, perhaps.

Courtesy of: Éditions du Boréal 1992

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